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Getting Around: Bangkok’s Bus System

Getting Around: Bangkok’s Bus System January 19, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
While most travelers may prefer to take the clean and efficient BTS Skytrain or MRT Subway to get around Bangkok, these systems obviously don’t reach many parts of the city. The BRT bus which started running in 2010 is also a limited section of the city. General public buses, however, are abundant...

Getting Around: Bangkok’s Free Bus

Getting Around: Bangkok’s Free Bus January 8, 2011 | free, Travel Tips | Read More
Thailand is already known to be a backpacker’s dream. Cheap, delicious food at the open-air food markets, awesome budget accommodations, bargain shopping galore at places such as MBK or the Chatuchak Weekend Market. And maybe you’ve even used Bangkok’s free citywide internet. But do...

Bangkok Pool Blues: Book Review

Bangkok Pool Blues: Book Review December 9, 2010 | Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
One wouldn’t probably guess it, but Bangkok has a fascination with pool, as in billiards. Author Tom Crowley, an American expat with a passion for it as well, has spent the last 12 years watching a budding community of talent, hustlers, and pool culture evolve here in the Big Mango. His latest book,...

Stuck in Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok) During the Holidays? Enjoy It!

Stuck in Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok) During the Holidays? Enjoy It! November 3, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Travel gets busy around the holidays. Bangkok doesn’t do Thanksgiving, of course, but Christmas does show a lot of air travel, people coming and going to Asia, and of course New Year’s is a big deal. So what do you do if you are in Bangkok on a layover? The airport itself isn’t the...

When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Know: Restroom Info for Bangkok

When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Know: Restroom Info for Bangkok November 2, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Any traveler from a pedestal-toilet culture who’s walked into a Turkish or Japanese public restroom with the Old School porcelain hole in the floor for the first time, knows: there’s a world of difference in the way some cultures, er, take care of business. Here’s what to expect from restrooms...

Cinemas in Siam: Going to the Movies in Bangkok

Cinemas in Siam: Going to the Movies in Bangkok October 30, 2010 | Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Going to the movies is a first-rate experience in Bangkok. The movies are typically up-to-date (or not too far behind), the price is cheap by Western standards, and the cinemas themselves are high quality. The following is a bit of information on what you might expect when you head to the movies in Bangkok. SF...

One Shirt, Two Shirt, Red Shirt, Yellow Shirt

One Shirt, Two Shirt, Red Shirt, Yellow Shirt October 22, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
This is an addendum to our recent post about How to Dress for Bangkok: It should be said that red is not really the new black in Bangkok and, in fact, these days is perhaps a questionable choice for shirts. Yellow is a bit touchy as well though probably not quite as incendiary. The political battle between...

Dressing for Bangkok: Clothes to Pack

Dressing for Bangkok: Clothes to Pack October 22, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
When packing for Bangkok you might want to consider what the locals are wearing. In some countries, even hot ones, you might be expected to modestly wear pants. In case you hadn’t heard, it’s hot in Bangkok. But fortunately when it comes to clothing, Bangkok is about as casual as it gets. Shorts...

Blog Action Day 2010: Water in Bangkok

Blog Action Day 2010: Water in Bangkok October 15, 2010 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Bangkok has an intimate relationship with water. The Chao Phraya River winds its way through the city and canals — some visible, others running beneath the concrete — criss cross much of it. Not long ago these canals were the main channels of transportation, in fact. If you travel here it...

Bargain Like You Mean It – Haggling in Bangkok

Bargain Like You Mean It – Haggling in Bangkok September 4, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Bangkok is a shopper’s paradise, from the cheapest of cheap knockoffs in the street to Ferrari showrooms in the mall. But if it’s bargains you are looking for, you are going to want to haggle a bit. You can’t negotiate prices in all places and rules of proper places and methods should be respected....